Text description: Staying connected when we're apart
Connection to family through the lockdown
|How connected?||With household||With family living elsewhere|
Note: Excludes N/A (for household 0.5%, for elsewhere 0.87%). Connection with household excludes people living alone.
|A lot less connected||5%||12%|
|A little less connected||10%||25%|
|A little more connected||26%||24%|
|A lot more connected||25%||7%|
Regular connection with family living elsewhere, method, under 40 vs 70+
- Instant text
- Age < 40 - 92%
- Age 70+ - 79%
- Voice calls
- Age < 40 - 77%
- Age 70+ - 75%
- Video calls
- Age < 40 - 58%
- Age 70+ - 33%
- In person
- Age < 40 - 33%
- Age 70+ - 49%
- Age < 40 - 19%
- Age 70+ - 30%
Seeing family living elsewhere in person, at least once a week
- Age 18–29 - 31%
- Age 30–39 - 34%
- Age 40–49 - 33%
- Age 50–59 - 37%
- Age 60–69 - 46%
- Age 70–79 - 48%
- Age 80+ - 62%
Most common activities of people who connected online
- Talk and text - 93%
- Shared meals - 18%
- Played games - 13%
- Exercised - 8%
- Watched TV/movies - 5%
- Watched and/or listened to music - 5%
- Made music or danced - 5%
- Learned a new language or skill
- Art, craft and baking - 3%
- Read for pleasure - 1%
Played online video games with our grandchildren.
Female, 54, lives in a regional area, multiple-adult household, no children
We have set up digital drinks with children and grandchildren and also friends. Reached out to foreign friends and family interstate.
Male, 79, lives in a major city, couple-only household
The family arranged via Facebook quiz nights, Friday night drinks and a dinner party not sure on how we did it but the granddaughter just called me on Facebook I answered and everyone was there...
Female, 58, lives in a major city, single-adult household
Weekly quiz on Zoom with my mother, siblings and their kids has been fun and has helped my elderly mother who is housebound and feeling very isolated.
Female, 57, lives in a major city, single-adult household
I’ve read to my grandchildren on Marco Polo [video application].
Female, 56, lives in a major city, multiple-adult household, no children
Playing Animal Crossing [online multi-player game]. It’s really helped me connect with friends and family and given me structure.
Female, 32, lives in a major city, household with children
Video story time for grandchildren.
Male, 62, lives in a major city, household with children
Zoom videocalls, playing chess online with grandchildren, reading to grandchildren, talking while walking with friend, walking daily after work.
Female, 56, lives in a major city, couple-only household
There have been several family birthdays in the past month so Skype has been valuable as has posting presents and being creative with online gift ideas and with companies who oer delivery of these gift ideas. It was important to celebrate these events, to acknowledge them in any way possible and fun!
Female, 66, lives in a regional area, couple-only household